Live albums are a rarity in rap -- and understandably so. In contrast to funk and soul bands of the 1960s and '70s -- many of whom couldn't wait to "take it to the stage" and were thrilling live -- hip-hoppers have been so reliant on technology that their live performances usually leave much to be desired. Many rappers have excelled in the studio only to be frightfully awkward and forgettable live. It came as a major surprise when Boogie Down Productions released this live album. While KRS-One's performances of such gems as "Jimmy," "The Bridge Is Over," "My Philosphy," and "South Bronx" are enjoyable, a lot is clearly lost in the transition from the studio to the stage. Like so many rappers -- or for that matter, '90s urban contemporary artists -- KRS is simply too studio-oriented to generate the kind of excitement that bands like Parliament and the Ohio Players did on-stage.
AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson